Erin Simpson is the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at the Nobel Women's Initiative. Previously, at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), Erin coordinated the Americas Policy Group, then developed the peace and conflict advocacy program. Later, she served as a policy advisor to the leader of Canada's New Democratic Party (NDP). Before assuming her current position, Erin consulted with the NWI for the Darfur project. She sits on the board of a local women's shelter and contributes to various activist projects.
Anisha Deshai is the Executive Director of the Women of Color Resource Center. She has co-authored publications on fair taxation, housing and the racial wealth divide. She has served as a consultant to independent and public schools, social justice organizations and journalists on the topics of education reform, youth at risk, anti-oppression work and strategic change planning. She has taught courses on youth rights and activism, and became deeply involved with educators of color, pan-African and South Asians networks in the Bay Area. She traveled to Rwanda where she studied post-genocide reconciliation efforts and shared her experiences with various activist circles in the United States.
Mia MacDonald is the Director of Brighter Green. She is a public policy analyst and writer who has worked as a consultant to a range of international non-governmental organizations—including the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Belt Movement, the Sierra Club, and Save the Children as well as several United Nations agencies on issues of environment, gender, sustainable development, women's rights and gender equality, reproductive health and population, and conservation and animal protection. She has contributed to three books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai's best-selling autobiography, Unbowed.
May 10-12, 2009
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There are currently more people living in formal democracies that at any other time in history. Yet women continue to be on the margins of democracy, underrepresented and limited in their ability to exercise their rights and participate meaningfully in the decisions that affect their lives.
This three-day conference in Antigua, Guatemala is bringing together more than 100 women from around the world to examine the challenges of democracy and democratization through the lens of women’s experiences.